Warwickshire v Middlesex: Malan and Rogers frustrate Bears

Cricket
County Championship Division One, Edgbaston
Close, day three: Middlesex 287 & 351-5, Warwickshire 333
Warwickshire 6pts, Middlesex 5pts
Match scorecard

Middlesex centurions Dawid Malan and Chris Rogers put a real obstacle in the path of Warwickshire's title ambitions as they built a big lead at Edgbaston.

The pair shared a third-wicket stand of 203 as the visitors ended day three on 351-5, leading by 305.

The Bears, 293-8 overnight, were all out for 333, a lead of 46 - but Malan and Rogers (109) soon overcame that.

And Malan (138no) then put on a further 99 for the sixth wicket with Gareth Berg (53no) to frustrate the Bears.

Boyd Rankin offered hope after tea with three quick wickets.

But Malan, with his second century against the Bears in three weeks, and Berg re-established control and may already have taken the game out of the home side's reach.

Having added 40 more runs from their last two wickets for a handy lead, when Chris Wright then struck twice in three overs, Warwicdkshire looked right on top.

But it was then that Warwickshire began to labour in their search for a win to help them hold off fast-finishing Sussex in the race to land their first Championship since 2004.

Rogers made his third hundred of the season, while Malan, who hit 106 in the drawn match at Uxbridge, matched Bears opener Ian Westwood's achievement of scoring a century in each of this season's two Championship meetings between Warwickshire and Middlesex.

VIEW FROM THE COMMENTARY BOX

BBC London 94.9's Kevin Hand:

"Dawid Malan again showed why he was once regarded as one of the most exciting youngsters in English cricket.

"At 25-2, still trailing by 21, Middlesex's lack of top order runs this season looked as though it would cost them again. But Malan and the ever-reliable Chris Rogers steadied the innings.

"But the pitch continues to play well and, with the new ball available first thing, Warwickshire will target early wickets to wrap up the visitors' second innings in the hope of keeping alive their own chances of victory."

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